11 January 2023

St Stephen’s Day Run/Cycle

Thank you to all who took part in and supported our St. Stephen’s Day Run and Cycle.
We had great numbers as always and it was great to see so many taking part after the few years break because of Covid.
Thank you to all the Community Centre volunteers who helped out on the day especially John Walsh, the driving force behind the event. Thank you also to Borrisoleigh Track Attack and the Borrisoleigh Cycling Group for promoting the event and taking part.
Borrisoleigh Community Centre wishes everyone, every health and happiness for 2023.
Ladies race.
1st  Aoife Delargy
2nd Ciara Cummins
3rd Caroline Conway
Men’s race.
1st Michael Kiely
2nd Peter Madden
3rd Alan Ryan

Parish News

Anniversary Masses

Sat Jan 14th  at 7pm:  Sean Duignan, Glentane.  Kathleen and Donal Ryan, Garrangrena

Sun Jan 15th  at 9.30am: Toby and Nora Ryan Gurteenabarna. Breda Young, Kilamoyne also her sister Maureen and brother Tom. 

11am: Sr Mary Brett, Coolderry.

Next Sunday 15th January at 2pm in Ileigh. There will be a special mass and graveside ceremonies to mark the centenary of the deaths of Frederick Bourke, Martin O Shea, and Patrick Russell. Afterwards there will be a book launch to mark this special occasion. This will take place in Borrisoleigh Community Centre at 4pm.

Weekend Mass Survey:

As you may be aware from the 1st Sunday of Lent the number of weekend Masses will be reduced. In order to facilitate as many people as possible we ask that you choose and tick one of the options that suits you best on this form.

Please place the completed slip in the box in the church porch or return to the parish office or the Parochial House by Sunday 22nd  January.


Borrisoleigh Historical Society

Borrisoleigh to Remember it’s Civil War Dead.

On Sunday January 15 next, the village of Borrisoleigh will recall one of the saddest chapters in its history, marking the centenary of the execution of three young men from the parish which took place in Roscrea 100 years ago during the very bleakest periods of the Civil War. 

Following a mail-car hold-up outside the village, the three local men, Patrick Russell, Fredrick Bourke and Martin O’Shea were arrested by troops from the National Army at Ross Cottage, on the Nenagh side of the village. On arrest, they were taken to Templemore military barracks where they were tried by court-martial for being in possession of weapons and ammunition at the time of their capture. Found guilty, the three young men were sentenced to death and, having been moved to the National Army base at Damer Castle, Roscrea, they were executed by firing squad at dawn on the morning of 15 January 1923.

To mark and remember this tragic event, an event is being hosted jointly by the “Tipperary in the Decade of Revolution” Historical Group, Borrisoleigh Historical Society and descendants of the families on the exact centenary of the executions – Sunday 15 January 1923.

The event will begin with a family Mass in the Church of Ileigh at 2.00 pm, followed by a ceremony at the plot in the adjoining graveyard where the men are buried. Later, refreshments will be provided at Borrisoleigh Community Centre where there will be a talk reflecting on the executions of the three young Borrisoleigh men and other relevant matters at that time.

This event is being run in accordance with the wishes of the families and the aim is to mark and remember these tragic executions in a non-political way in keeping with the principle that the voice of each person that was impacted in this very traumatic period of our history should be given the space to be heard. 

Another booklet, in the series created by Tipperary in the Decade of Revolution, dealing with the Roscrea executions and the wider subject of executions/ summary justice in Tipperary during the period will be available on the day.

All are welcome. 

Knitting & Crochet Group

Knitting and Crochet Group resumes activities on Wednesday Jan 11, from 10am to 11.30am. New members always welcome.
For more information contact Mary at 086 3098982.

Borrisoleigh Choir & Folk Group

Pic of the Past

Mary Spillane and Molly Stapleton, Pallas

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